Y Combinator welcomed five new partners to its elite cabal today and said goodbye to one.
Earlier this month, founder Dalton Caldwell told me that people won’t adopt a new social network just because it’s good for them — it needed to be “truly better.” That’s probably true — but free is also good.
Editor’s Pick Half a year ago, serial entrepreneur had a crazy idea: build a social network that people actually paid for. Now with App.net three times bigger than his goal, he looks back — and ahead — at what the service is, and will become.
As far as user milestones go, 20,000 is usually nothing to boast about. But for the App.net, the little achievement means the company can reduce its prices.
Two months into an experiment that caters to the ideals of developers and consumers alike, the social platform App.net has revealed the particulars of how it plans to incentivize the creation of top-notch applications.
Social sans commerce: here we come.
The new social utility that serial entrepreneur Dalton Caldwell started in response to being, in his words, screwed by Facebook, is live. App.net, which Caldwell ran a Kickstarter-ish campaign to fund, blew through its $500,000 goal and currently sits at $595,150.
Social media idealists are now taking up residence at App.net, the would-be status update safe house for consumers for and developers.
A controversial open letter directed at Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg left another Marc (Andreessen) in quite the pickle yesterday.
Google+ would have a full read and write API today if the world’s largest search engine company knew how to release it in a way that wouldn’t screw developers. At least, that’s what Google’s senior vice president for Google+ implied in a personal status update.
App makers, how do get your mobile app on your Facebook Page? Mixed Media Labs, the startup that aims to be the friend of every mobile developer, has an answer in its latest feature: the App.net Facebook tab.
App.net, a website for helping distribute and monetize mobile apps, got started in 2010 with iOS and Android. Today it is expanding its support to three new app platforms: Windows Phone 7 (WP7), Blackberry and HTML5.
Luca Sacchetti has just created a social music network with the goal of giving fans the power to sign and represent artists online. RockStar Motel enters private beta today, with an official launch in October 2011.
iPhone and Android apps often lack useful Web landing pages that would convert Web browsers into program downloaders. Useful landing pages are what Mixed Media Labs (“Makers of fine software products”) is now offering all iOS and Android developers, with its just-announced public availability of the App.net platform.